Thursday, 20 February 2014
Cuban Fury (4 Stars)
Real men dance? Damn right they do!
Bruce Garrett grew up with a passion for salsa dancing. As a teenager he won championships all across England, dancing with his younger sister Sam as his partner. All he had left to do was win the national salsa championships in London. But as he's walking to the ballroom he's stopped by a youth gang. They call him gay because of the way he's dressed, and they beat him up. This makes him quit dancing.
20 years later Bruce is overweight and single. He works designing handworker tools like drills and lathes. He has a beautiful woman as his boss and thinks she's out of his league, until he finds out that her hobby is salsa dancing. This motivates him to get back into training.
Nick Frost is absolutely brilliant as Bruce Garrett. But then again, he's brilliant in every role he plays. A lot of the humour is about his weight. He doesn't look like a typical salsa dancer. The only thing that bugged me about the film was the crude language from Bruce's work colleague, Drew. This is probably what earned the film a 15 certificate. Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against crude humour in films, generally, but in this film it seemed out of place. If the language had been cleaned up it could have got a PG rating and become a film to encourage children to start dancing.
P.S. Simon Pegg supposedly had a cameo in the film, but I must have blinked and missed him.